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									Name of Group Members: James Jang, Nishant Patel, Daniel Chiappori

Name of Disorder: Addiction (drug, alcohol)

General Description:
-Addiction is a substitution for an inability for the person to deal with different
aspects of life. And it is a chronic relapsing brain disease
-Addiction can divide into several different aspects of life: (to have fun, to cure their
mental problems such as communication, and to fall asleep.
- Drugs and Alcohol can become a solution to counter that overwhelms.
-Once you get ‘addicted’, it will affect you both mentally and physically. And it
takes a long period of time to recover
-It is generally accepted that addiction is a disease, a state of physiological or
psychological dependence or devotion to something manifesting as a condition in
which medically significant symptoms liable to have a damaging effect are present.
Emotional:                                       Physical:
 Lack of motivation and self-esteem              Increase or decrease in appetite
 Lack of energy                                  Constant changes in eating habits
 Difficulty in paying attention and alertness,   Unexplainable and uncontrollable weight
  as well as forgetting things easily               loss or gain
 The need to have new friends that are also      Smell of substance on breath, body or
  drug abusers, and disinterest in old friends      clothes
 Change in daily activities, as well as a loss   Dependence on substance, you wouldn’t be
  of things that used to interest you and were      able to wake up without taking some
  important to you before                         Trembling of the extremities when unable to
 Defensive behaviour, temper tantrums,             use substance
  resentful behaviour (everything's a hassle).  Relaxed, complete feeling after using
 Constant mood swings                            Constant fatigue
 Paranoia – suspiciousness
 Excessive need for privacy
 Constant dishonesty
Possible Impacts on Life:
    Obsession with ones particular addiction; not wanting to do anything else
    Withdrawal from others; such as friends and family
    Anger and hostility to people that are being slightly irritating
    Inability to keep track of money (mostly seen in gamblers or drug addicts)
    Feelings of remorse and frustration about ones addiction
    Inability to keep track of ones schedule
    Continuing with the addiction although one can see negative impacts on ones life
    Desperation to get more (drugs, money ECT.)
    Feelings of suicide because one thinks there is no other way out of the addiction
    Hostility towards family and friends

         Addiction has numerous impacts on life that can be very deadly if not corrected quickly.
There are many types of addictions such as gambling, food, sex, pornography, computers, work,
exercise, cutting, shopping, religion and much, much more. These addictions can lead to guilt,
shame, fear, hopelessness, failure, rejection, anxiety, humiliation or many other symptoms. These
symptoms can lead to very rash behaviour. In the case of 37 year old Joseph Smith, while under
the influence of heroin he murdered an 11 year old girl named Kaylie Brucia. He tried to steal
Kaylie’s mother’s purse and when she resisted he accidentally shot Kaylie. This shows that drug
addicts will do anything to continue their habits. Addicts have a very strong dependency on their
particular addiction. They spend most of their time thinking and craving about it. This has a very
strong psychological impact on them. Since they’re so obsessed, they have less time to think
about friends, family, work and other things.

Therapies/Treatments and their Effectiveness:
There are many different treatments for addiction. Some can be as extreme as heavily regulated
pills. Many times the addict’s problem is only in his/her head and needs to just focus on quitting.
This can be said for many smoking addicts. If the addiction is very severe, drugs like methadone
can be used to loosen the tension on their brain so they don’t feel the addiction as much.

      Relationship therapy to help raise self esteem and lower anxiety
      Group therapies for help with working with others
      Desensitization (facing fears)
      Supply information to the addict to reduce fear of changing and spark a reason to change
       his/her ways
      Family counseling to reassure addict that there are people out there that care for him/her
      Medical treatment if there is a body defect
      Community reinforcement treatment to help the addict by being with others with the same

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